Faith Formation

Parents are the first educators of their children as a God-given responsibility. They are the first to introduce the faith to their children.Parents exercise this fundamental responsibility with the aid and support of both the Church and civil community. Both have a vested interest and responsibility in education of the young.Parents possess the fundamental right to choose the formative tools that support their convictions and fulfill their duty as the first educators.

~USCCB


Faith Formation Registration is Open!

Our Faith Formation year begins on September 12. Get registered today and start getting updates and opportunities from the Parish Office. Learn more about this upcoming year below and by visiting the Catechist Resources Page.


Catechist Resources

Our catechists and small group leaders are the hands & feet of our Faith Formation program. These volunteers help bring the message of Jesus Christ and the entirity of the Catholic faith to your youth. If you know someone who is currently serving as a catechist, please take time to thank them for your dedicated service to our faith.

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St. Andrew’s Ministry (RCIA – The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)

What does that mean and why do I care?

It means that we help facilitate an encounter with Jesus to people who are longing for a different relationship with Jesus.  Some may have no knowledge of Him, others could be baptized into a different faith and long to see Jesus in a new way, and some could be fallen away Catholics that long to be back in relationship with Jesus. 

When St. Andrew took Peter to meet Jesus all that he said to Peter was “I have found the Messiah.” All we have to do to bring people to Jesus is tell them about how they have experienced the love that Jesus has for all people.  Complete this sentence, “I have found … in Jesus.” 

The process of RCIA starts with evangelization.  Evangelization is not as scary as it sounds.  It is simply showing people who Jesus is, helping them encounter Jesus in their lives, and encourage them to encounter Christ in the Church. 

St. Andrew be our guide as we try to bring people to Jesus, just like you brought Peter to Him.

Do you have a desire to share your faith with inquiring adults?  Do you know someone who would be interested in deepening their faith?  Reach out to ??? to learn more about our St. Andrew ministry who helps our faithful through the process of RCIA.

It’s your faith journey, we are just the guide.

We encourage you to contact our parish office for more information about joining the Church. Please contact Monica Mabe at 989-403-8855 or complete this form to start your personalized journey today!


Elementary Faith Formation

Tuesday Mornings, 7:45am-9:00am

Our Elementary Faith Formation program takes place during the school day.  Students take a bus to and from Pewamo-Westphalia Elementary School to St. Joseph School.  All students within separate grade levels learn together in the classrooms to help promote community prayer.

If your child attends Pewamo-Westphalia Elementary School and will be attending during the school day please complete a Release Time Request Form and return it to the Parish Office.

Curriculum

Our Kindergarten-5th grade students use Ruah Woods Press Theology of the Body and Spirit and Truth for catechetical learning. Our program is a designed to help your child see God in every part of their life.  This program also helps students see that God is in charge and working in their lives through each other and through all of creation.  Click the Ruah Woods logo to learn more about this amazing program.

In order to best prepare our second grade students to receive the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist, we have chosen the Spirit of Truth program from Sophia Institute Press. This program is specifically designed to help your child understand the importance and true meaning of both of these Sacraments. Click the Sophia Institute Press logo to learn more about how we are preparing your child for First Sacraments.


Vacation Bible School

We offer an interactive and fun summer opportunity for students Kindergarten through fourth grade. Older students (fifth grade through high school) are encouraged to help by serving during this program.

Vacation Bible School is a once per week event that runs for 5 weeks, typically starting the week following July 4th.


Middle School Faith Formation

Sunday Evenings 6:15-7:30 pm

Our Middle School Program takes place Sunday evenings at St. Joseph School.

6th – 7th Grade will be focusing on Scripture and the Living as a Disciple of Christ following the Spirit & Truth program.

8th Grade students spend their year preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation using the Decision Point program and deepen their understanding of the Communion of the Faithful using the Spirit & Truth program.. Learn more below.

Curriculum

All grades K-12 will use the Catechism of the Catholic Church as our primary resource in their lesson planning. We believe that a group discussion on topics that interest the teens helps them to embrace their faith more fully. Click the image of the YouCat to learn more about this teen focused catechism.

Eighth grade students prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation using the Decision Point program by Dynamic Catholic. This program is specifically designed to help teens embrace their faith and prepare them for an intimate relationship with the Holy Spirit. Click the image of the Decision Point book to learn more about how we are preparing your child for the Sacrament of Confirmation. We will also use Spirit of Truth as a supplement to our Confirmation preparation.


High School Faith Formation

Monday Evenings 7:15-8:30 pm

Our High School Program takes place Monday evenings.  Small groups meet in the home of the small group leader or one of the students. Our high school catechists pass on their faith through mentorship. High school faith formation is intended to help the students relate to their faith daily and we help provide living examples of what it is like to live as a disciple of Jesus Christ.

Each grade level has a theme for the year. Freshmen focus on How does Jesus reveal Himself to us. Sophomores focus on Living the Mission Jesus Christ. Juniors focus on Receiving strength through the Sacraments to go out and share Jesus with others. Finally, seniors focus on Theology of the Body and the fullness of our faith as it relates to all matters within human life.

The primary source used for all high school small groups will be the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Teen Focused Liturgy

In order to help our teens embrace their faith more fully, we are offering Monday Night Liturgies specifically designed for teens. Each night includes Liturgy (type of liturgy will vary depending on topic of the night), a speaker and more. Some of the events held thus far include a Community Reconciliation Service, an evening on the Liturgy of the Hours, Praise and Worship with Adoration and more. Dates may vary depending on speakers and other parish events. Please see the bulletin or events listed on the home page for upcoming events.


Adult Formation

From book studies, to mom’s groups, to ministries and liturgy. Our parish has many opportunities available for adults who are seeking to deepening their relationship with God and practice their faith more fully.

Check out the home page of the website to see what events and activities are available at this time.

The Diocese of Grand Rapids has partnered with the Catechetical Institute to receive authentically Catholic resources that help to form those within your parish or your school who are forming others.  All the workshops are available to every person in our parish or school, at no cost to you!   Hundreds of workshops in all ministry fields are being developed for this platform, to allow a diocese to thoroughly train and spiritually nurture any person involved in passing on the faith.  Learn more about this amazing program contact Monica Mabe at evangelization@stjosephpewamo.org.


Have an Idea? Help us Grow!

We are always looking for new ways to help share the faith with our community. Do you have an idea for a book study, speaker, or event? We would love to hear from you!

Are there additional resources you would like shared on our website or with our parish family? Please let us know!

Complete this form to help our Faith Formation department grow and serve our parish better.


Online Resources

  • Catholic Information Center
    • Classes and programs to help people learn, celebrate, live and pray the Catholic Faith. We also offer institutes to equip Catholics with knowledge and skills to become leaders in their parishes.
  • FORMED.org
    • Thousands of Catholic movies, programs, audio, and books instantly at your fingertips, for FREE.
  • Catholic Central
    • Short video clips, intended for teens, which help to explain the tenants of our Catholic faith through humor and a youthful approach.
  • Sophia Institute Sketchpad
    • Short video clips, intended for youth and teens, which discuss the Sacraments.
  • I’m Beggar
    • I’m Beggar is geared toward older teens and those who prefer guided reflection. These videos will help you enter deeper into your faith.
  • Word on Fire
    • Bishop Robert Barron is proclaiming Christ in the culture. From book studies to podcasts and videos, Bishop Barron helps you find your faith in your daily life.
  • Ascension Presents
    • These podcasts feature Fr. Mike Schmitz, Dr. Edward Sri, Jeff Cavins and more. Faith topics for our current times.
  • Catholic Icing
    • This website offers hundreds of ideas for at-home Catholic learning activities. It features hands-on activities, coloring pages and lessons for our younger Catholics. It’s the perfect way to help fill those “bored” gaps in your schedule.
  • Protecting Young Eyes
    • Are you a tech-ready parent? In today’s ever changing digital world, we must do everything we can to protect our children. This website helps you stay on-top of the advancements and risks of digital usage for children.
  • Virtus Online
    • St. Joseph Parish, and the Diocese of Grand Rapids, are committed to keeping children safe from all those who which to harm them. We participate in the Virtus- Protecting God’s Children program. To learn more, please contact the parish office.
  • Remind.com
    • This program is used to notify families in case of a change in schedule or a class cancellation. If you have children participating in our Faith Formation program, please contact the parish office to learn more about signing up.